"Not Forgotten: AIDS at the Brooklyn Historical Society Museum," an exhibition video, features BHS executive director, David M. Kahn, and project director, Robert Rosenberg, discussing the rationale for the 1993 exhibit, and includes footage of the exhibit itself. Kahn conceived of the exhibit in 1991 after his lover, Ron Wogaman, died of AIDS-related illness earlier that year. With a goal of documenting the crisis in Brooklyn through the material culture, personal narratives and life histories of those living with HIV/AIDS, BHS opened the exhibition in April of 1993. The exhibition not only informed of the experience of people living with the virus, but told of the precipitating factors and collateral effects; the strain on their neighbors, friends and family members, practices and attitudes with regard to drug use and sex, prejudice and discrimination in communities, and activist responses. Until that time, only art exhibitions had been inspired by the calamity of HIV/AIDS. In the museum establishment, BHS was seen as having pushed the boundaries of what an AIDS exhibition could do. Exhibition video produced by GMHC for the Brooklyn Historical Society.
A finding aid to the related collection “AIDS/Brooklyn Oral History Project” is available here: http://dlib.nyu.edu/findingaids/html/bhs/arms_1993_001_aids-brooklyn/
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